Below is the first feedback after Vincenzo Nibali underwent a successful surgical procedure in Switzerland for a fracture of the radius in his right wrist.
Dr. Emilio Magni, Trek-Segafredo physician: “Vincenzo has been subjected this early afternoon to surgery for reduction and osteosynthesis of the fracture of the right distal radius with the placement of a metal plate and screws. Dr. Ivan Tami, a specialist in hand surgery, confirmed the excellent outcome. The operation took place under loco-regional anesthesia and lasted one hour. He will spend the night in the clinic, and tomorrow, after dressing, bandage replacement, and drain removal, he will be able to return home.
“Vincenzo will have three days of absolute rest. Then, after physiotherapy evaluation, he will start the path of passive and active physiotherapy with the help of a brace. It is difficult now, a few hours after the operation, to make a hypothesis or more precise timing steps. Much will depend on Vincenzo’s feeling, as well as on the indications we will receive from the specialists. However, we can have hope that he will resume a minimum of physical activity as soon as possible.”
Luca Guercilena, Trek-Segafredo General Manager: “Our greatest wish at the moment is that Vincenzo can enjoy the maximum tranquility. We will do everything possible to guarantee him utmost serenity in the recovery process. This is our goal, and this is what I have also said to Vincenzo. Together we will work for a difficult but not impossible challenge: being at the start of the Giro d’Italia.”We will know day after day with feedback from the physicians and specialists how much this goal will be reachable. We won’t leave any stone unturned to get it, but now it’s senseless to make any predictions. Let’s stay focused on the present and, as soon as we get close to the start of the Corsa Rosa, we will take a decision together. We know how strong Vincenzo is, not only riding the bike but also with his head and character. We will be at his side through the whole process.”